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We'll post the latest scams here.

These examples may help you learn what an Inland Revenue scam looks like.

GST return scam

18 October 2020

Details that show that this is a scam:

  • The e-mail comes from a strange address that doesn't contain ird.govt.nz.
  • There is a dollar amount specified - we don't do this in a refund e-mail.
  • The link does not go to an Inland Revenue address, even though it includes IRD. All of our links will start with ird.govt.nz
  • The text is badly worded and there are extra spaces before and after punctuation
  • The formatting of the e-mail is inconsistent - there are multiple different fonts used and the logo is very big.
An example of a current scam e-mail

Return due reminder scam

23 October 2020

Details that show this is a scam:

  • Request for credit card or debit card details - we will never ask for this in a refund e-mail.
  • The link points to a non-Inland Revenue address.
  • Includes a specific dollar amount of refund.
  • Strangely worded – says it is a return reminder, but then mentions a refund amount.
  • Notes a weird tax period and dates.
A scam e-mail claiming the recipient has a refund to claim, with a link to a fraudulent webpage asking for more information.

Income tax assessment scams

4 June 2020

Details to remember about scams:

  • We'll email you from an @ird.govt.nz or @ironline.ird.govt.nz address
  • We'll never use x's in place of your actual IRD number in an email to you
  • We'll never put a refund amount in an email
  • We'll use the tax year from 1 April to 31 March in income tax assessments
A scam email showing an IRD number with x's in place of a real IRD number, a refund amount is showing when we do not show these in emails and the tax year is incorrectly not ending on 31 March

Income tax update scam

22 July 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • Not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • No personalised greeting
  • Includes a specific dollar amount of refund
  • Includes a bogus IRD number
  • The link points to a non-Inland Revenue address
  • Strangely worded – says it is an income tax update but then talks about GST returns and refunds

Return due scam

16 July 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • No personalised greeting
  • The link points to a non-Inland Revenue address
  • Includes a specific dollar amount of refund
  • Strangely worded – says it is a return reminder, but then mentions a refund amount and overpayment
  • Notes a weird tax period and dates

Overpayment IR3 scam

26 April 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • From a strange non-IR address
  • No personalised greeting
  • Strangely worded - refers to both income tax and GST returns
  • The link does not point to an Inland Revenue address

My business is here scam

3 April 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • From a strange non-IR email address
  • No personalised greeting
  • Strangely worded
  • Specific dollar amount or refund
  • The link points to non-Inland Revenue address